Definition of patel in English:

patel

(also potail)

noun

  • In central, western, and southern India: the headman of a village. In quot. 1630 used as a courtesy title before a name.

Origin

Mid 17th century. From Gujarati paṭail (in which ai is pronounced/ɛː/ or/eː/) village headman (by hereditary appointment), also used as a courtesy title applied to persons in humble occupations from Sanskrit paṭṭakīla from paṭṭa writing-tablet, register.

Pronunciation

patel

/pəˈtɛl/